I did something very stupid yesterday. After staying off this site for a couple of months (because whenever I log on, I am seized with the irrepressible desire to go on six different trips...;)), I took a quick peek at the "Tours on Sale" page and am now mulling over the above mentioned tours. Both are discounted for the week running up to Christmas and that combined with previous tour discounts....
Anyway, I'd be interested in hearing people's thoughts/experiences on these tours. I've been to Rome before, but that was 21 years ago and I was sick, wrecked by jet lag, and undone by a heatwave. I know we went to the Vatican and the Colosseum only because there is photographic evidence.
I've been to Prague more recently (and successfully), I love it and would love to go back. I've been trying to get to Budapest for years, but one thing or another has always gotten in the way. I'm comfortable traveling to all of these places by myself, but being a major history/art/food geek, I've never been disappointed with a RS tour and think I'd especially enjoy being introduced to Budapest and re-introduced to Rome in that way.
Also, if anyone has experience with these cities in the immediate run-up to Christmas, I'd be interested in hearing about that too. Extra crowds, closures, etc.?